A book launch and panel discussion which spanned two countries and reached out to others through a live webcast proved how easily technology could be used to connect teachers and teaching communities smoothly across different time zones and across continents, helping them to share ideas and learn from each other.
The occasion was the launch of British Council’s global publication Innovations in the Continuing Professional Development for English Language Teachers simultaneously on Friday 28 November in Delhi and London with a live audience in both cities listening to a panel of eminent speakers talk on “Can Continuous Professional Development (CPD) change lives?”
Rob Lynes Director British Council India, welcomed the audience in India, and spoke about “looking forward to engaging with ministry of education, school leaders, training organisations and teacher bodies in assisting their work in continuing professional development, in collaboration with the UK.” Prof Santosh Panda, Chair of National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE), gave a short introduction on the context in India, adding that “CPD was both the responsibility of individual teachers who needed to take the initiative and institutions who needed to provide support”.
Amol Padwad, Head, Department of English, J.M. Patel College, Bhandara, provided an insight into the innovative work and research of the continuing professional development policy think tank in India. This was followed by an illuminating talk on the professional lifecycle of teachers by ELT editor, writer and teacher Tessa Woodward, who spoke the important stages of CPD through a teacher’s life from the young entrant seeking to better their skills to veterans providing a mentoring role for colleagues.
The panel discussion followed with Alison Barrett, Director, English for Education Systems, British Council South Asia, Rama Matthew, Faculty of Education, Delhi University, Delhi and Amol Padwad in India, and ELT experts Rod Bolitho, Loraine Kennedy and Tessa Woodward in London.
The barrage of tweets #ELTCPD, over 140 transmissions of the webcast live and lively debate in London and Delhi made the event a compelling one for any teacher or educator in any country.
You can listen to Alison Barrett discuss her ideas on CPD, related to her experiences from her extensive work with teachers and policy makers in India here: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/podcast
The book can be read online here http://issuu.com/britishcouncilindia/docs/e168_innovations_in_cpd_final_web
The recording of the webcast is available here: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars/can-continuing-professional-development-change-lives-webcast-recording
More information on the British Council’s work in Continuous Professional Development is available here: http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/continuing-professional-development